Are You Drinking This to Lose Weight??

Are You Drinking This to Lose Weight??

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’ve heard about the much-touted health benefits of apple cider vinegar. As with any trend, it’s easy to get lost in the hype and start believing that apple cider vinegar (ACV) is the miracle medicine to help you lose weight and banish belly fat. When my personal training clients tell me about their nightly cocktail before bed which consists of two tablespoons of ACV, I state the obvious, a well balanced diet and a consistent exercise program are key to weight loss, an improved physique and an overall healthier lifestyle. That’s not to say that consuming ACV does not come with some health benefits. Studies have shown that consuming 2tbsps of ACV and 8 oz. of water can……

1. Reduce Blood Sugar Spikes Apple cider vinegar is full of acetic acid, which has been proven to slow down the digestion of simple carbohydrates, thus regulating blood sugar levels. Drinking apple cider vinegar before a high-carbohydrate meal improves insulin sensitivity, slowing the rate at which blood sugar levels rise.

2. Improved Digestion Some studies have also stated that consuming raw unpasteurized ACV and water can help to naturally improve digestion. Drinking 2 tbsps. ACV with 8 ounces of water about 15 minutes before your main meals stimulate digestive juices for better breakdown of your food, naturally assimilating more from your food.

4. Strengthen Your Immune System Your intestinal flora is a big part of your body’s immune system. Which makes sense to say that improving the conditions for the growth of friendly bacteria with ACV may improve overall immunity. The malic acid in ACV is also a strong antiviral, perhaps one of the reasons people claim they experience fewer colds when they consume ACV with water on a regular basis. Additionally, raw and unfiltered ACV is said to benefit your lymphatic system by helping to cleanse lymph nodes resulting in the relief of sinus congestion and alleviation of allergies.

There you have it, ACV contains valuable minerals and trace elements, LDL cholesterol-lowering pectin, fat burning acetic acid, anti-viral malic acid, live enzymes, amino acids and many other beneficial nutrients. However, it isn’t a magical cure-all and doesn’t replace common sense behaviors like eating a healthy, balanced diet. Plus, vinegar is an acid, so going overboard with it or not rinsing out your mouth after consuming can erode tooth enamel. Some medications may also interact with apple cider vinegar, including insulin, digoxin and certain diuretics. As previously stated without a healthy eating plan and a consistent exercise regimen, improving your physique and reaching those weight loss goals may be a challenge. For more information on losing weight, improving your physique or if you’re frustrated with your current level of fitness and looking to hire a personal trainer, contact us today.


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